Monthly Chronicle - - The Village Voice - MARIKO SMITH ‘ CON­CERNED CIT­I­ZENS OF MT COLAH’

One Friends of Mount Colah (FOMC) mem­ber has been trav­el­ling over­seas and came across a sign about the ‘Con­cerned Cit­i­zens of Mon­tauk, New York’. She sent me a text, jok­ing about whether we should change our name to the ‘Con­cerned Cit­i­zens of Mount Colah’. It did make me think of what we’re con­cerned about in Mount Colah…is it the chang­ing land­scape? The sus­tain­abil­ity of ex­ist­ing lo­cal in­fra­struc­ture to sup­port our grow­ing pop­u­la­tion?

Do we only re­ally con­sider things that are close to home and lo­cal, as dis­tin­guished from the global and uni­ver­sal? We all lead busy lives and it’s hard to fit in time to fight for our causes.

As part of FOMC’s role in com­mu­nity build­ing through our lo­cal net­work of res­i­dents and busi­nesses, we helped or­gan­ise events like Mount Colah's Big­gest Morn­ing Tea at Bite Me Bake­house, where FOMC teamed up with Mount Colah Neigh­bour­hood Watch and Hornsby AOOB Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tals’ Char­ity to raise money for the Can­cer Coun­cil.

Can­cer doesn’t dis­crim­i­nate; it’s a dis­ease which un­for­tu­nately con­nects many of us through be­ing or know­ing a suf­ferer or survivor. Bite Me’s owner An­thony Court­ney kindly do­nated a per­cent­age of cof­fee sales

that day. We ended up rais­ing over $1000 for a very wor­thy cause.

We now look for­ward to or­gan­is­ing another big com­mu­nity event for Mount Colah, and we en­cour­age any in­ter­ested lo­cal busi­nesses and or­gan­i­sa­tions to con­tact us via email: friends.of.mou nt­co­[email protected] com, or on Face­book: Friends of Mount Colah

Mt Colah Friends (from L to R) Jan Forbes, Su­san Low and Mariko Smith at the morn­ing tea

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